Hawaii GOP official resigns after using party Twitter account to support QAnon conspiracy theorists

Hawaii GOP official resigns after using party Twitter account to support QAnon conspiracy theorists
Hawaii Republican Party. (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii GOP is facing backlash Sunday after a series of tweets — now deleted — that expressed support for QAnon conspiracy theorists.

Tweets were posted Saturday night on @GOPHawaii and deleted Sunday morning without explanation.

On Sunday night, Hawaii GOP vice Chair of communications Edwin Boyette resigned through a Facebook post. In his statement, he wrote “the discussion of the Q-Conspiracy was an error of judgement.”

The messages on the Hawaii Republican Party’s Twitter account said followers of QAnon don’t deserve mockery and that they were “largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America.”

The tweets also called QAnon believers “patriots,” while other tweets pointed blame toward the media for creating a “hyperbolic” narrative.

Hawaii’s Democratic party issued a statement saying: “There is nothing patriotic in defending QAnon adherents. There is nothing honorable in defending Proud Boy antics.”

QAnon describes a broad array of right-wing conspiracy theories that, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “falsely claim the world is run by a secret cabal of pedophiles who worship Satan” and are plotting against Donald Trump.

QAnon conspiracy theories, once fringe, have taken off online and now become mainstream. A number of those who participated in the attack on the US Capitol described themselves as QAnon followers.

This story will be updated.

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